Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-2017


Academic Year — Graduate Students

Languages offered include Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for a FLAS fellowship, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Priority is given to students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency in these languages, to students demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service, and/or to students pursuing Master’s degrees in the professional schools. Heritage speakers may apply, but applicants who already possess native fluency in a language are ineligible to apply to study that language and should consider applying to study a different language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding. In certain cases, FLAS fellowships may be used for language study abroad during an academic year. Applications are not accepted for dissertation research abroad.

Academic Year — Undergraduate Students

FLAS awards are open to undergraduates studying a Slavic, East European, or Eurasian language at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Languages funded include Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must have completed at least two semesters of the target language at UC Berkeley by the start of the fellowship. Eligible students in any discipline and department may apply for a FLAS fellowship, and applications from students in pre-professional programs and in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged. Priority is given to students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency in these languages, to students demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service, and/or to students demonstrating likelihood of continuing language and area studies beyond the fellowship period. Heritage speakers may apply, but applicants who already possess native fluency in a language are ineligible to apply to study that language and should consider applying to study a different language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding. In certain cases, FLAS fellowships may be used for language study abroad during an academic year.

 

Summer — Graduate Students

Languages funded include Armenian, Bulgarian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Yiddish. Applications for summer study of other Slavic, East European, Eurasian, Caucasus, or Central Asian languages are possible, pending approval of the language program by the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Priority is given to students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency in these languages, to students pursuing Master’s degrees in the professional schools, and/or students demonstrating likelihood of entering government service as a career. Heritage speakers may apply, but applicants who already possess native fluency in a language are ineligible to apply to study that language and should consider applying to study a different language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding. Applications are not accepted for dissertation research abroad.

Students are encouraged to take languages not available at UC Berkeley through the use of a summer FLAS at an institution that has a FLAS eligible program. UC Berkeley students are encouraged to pursue summer study at the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/); the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.sli.pitt.edu/); or the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://www.creeca.wisc.edu/cessi/), if the desired language and level are offered. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency, or at the beginning level if a beginning language program in the target language is not available in the U.S. Summer FLAS for language study abroad requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Depending upon availability of funds, Summer FLAS awards sometimes have provision for up to $1000 in travel assistance. To be eligible, an applicant must provide a travel itinerary which adheres to the Fly America Act.

Summer — Undergraduate Students

Summer FLAS awards are available to undergraduates studying a Slavic, East European, or Eurasian language at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Languages funded include Armenian, Bulgarian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Yiddish. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language at UC Berkeley by the start of the fellowship. Eligible students in any discipline and department may apply for a FLAS fellowship, and applications from students in pre-professional programs and in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged. Priority is given to students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency in these languages, and/or students demonstrating likelihood of entering government service as a career. Heritage speakers may apply, but applicants who already possess native fluency in a language are ineligible to apply to study that language and should consider applying to study a different language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.

Students are encouraged to take languages not available at UC Berkeley through the use of a summer FLAS at an institution that has a FLAS eligible program. UC Berkeley students are encouraged to pursue summer study at the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/); the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.sli.pitt.edu/); or the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://www.creeca.wisc.edu/cessi/), if the desired language and level are offered. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency. Summer FLAS for language study abroad requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Depending upon availability of funds, Summer FLAS awards sometimes have provision for up to $1000 in travel assistance. To be eligible, an applicant must provide a travel itinerary which adheres to the Fly America Act.

Deadline for all FLAS applications: Monday, February 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the following websites:

For Graduate Students:
Academic Year Awards:
Announcement / Application
Summer Awards:
Announcement / Application

For Undergraduate Students:
Academic Year Awards:
Announcement / Application
Summer Awards:
Announcement / Application

or contact:
Jeff Pennington, Executive Director
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
260 Stephens Hall #2304
Berkeley, CA 94720-2304
telephone: 510-643-6736
e-mail: jpennington@berkeley.edu
http://iseees.berkeley.edu